Posted 11/24/2013 8:00 PM (GMT -7)
I have been hearing churning every couple minutes of swallowing the last couple months, which is somewhat concerning, but I haven't changed anything and I don't plan on changing anything with regards to that. I tend not to get pain directly from swallowing, but the pain is always lying there and building up until I swallow or cough or yawn, really anything that involves fast movement of air through my throat. Last year I saw a vocal cord specialist to see if my vocal cords could be the cause of my problems, and she concluded that my vocal cords were damaged by acid but not dysfunctional, but I got one valuable thing out of those few appointments. On top of the knowledge that acid is destroying everything in my body, including my teeth, I learned that taking deep breaths on a regular basis can help in some way to decrease my pain. I'm not sure exactly what mechanism this is involved with, but I do know that it makes the urge to cough or swallow take longer to come back and the pain a lot better for a few seconds.
Deep breaths should help you just as much if you are having the same symptoms, so try doing that as often as you would regularly cough or swallow, and make sure they're not shallow breaths. They are easy for me to do since I play trombone and have practiced breathing techniques for years now, but there's certainly nothing complicated about it other than doing it frequently.
I will be having a laparoscopic nissen fundoplication on December 17th, which I can't wait to get out of the way. I started seeing doctors 5 years ago about this constant cough in my throat, the same one that this thread is about, and every single doctor I've seen has blamed my problems on something else I don't have, or recommended me to another doctor, or discussed tests that I should have done for some reason, but none ever brought up surgery as an option at all or remotely attempted to give me treatment in 5 whole years of seeing doctors. I managed to see more than 50 specialists, and I'm still feeling the exact same as I did when I met the first doctor except now I'm on PPIs that give me awful heartburn and evidently I had eosinophilic esophagitis, but when that got cured I still felt the exact same. I finally got my newest GI to admit I needed surgery after I got all of the pre-op tests done and told her to look closely at the results and how severe my pain is, since I had 156 instances of acid reflux in 24 hours during my pH probe, and that wasn't even a bad day.
You talk about your pain getting worse after eating. My pain is so severe that it literally has no response to food of any kind, or even when or how much I eat. I get most of my heartburn for movement and other random causes that I can't track. If I bend over, I get acid in my throat and mouth. If I do any sort of exercise, acid gets thrown all over the place and will without a doubt end up in my mouth, no matter what food I have or haven't had prior to exercising. Climbing stairs is enough movement to get acid in my mouth, and it sucks to live on the 4th floor of a building that has an elevator that is constantly breaking (and is broken now). So as much as I would like to be active, all exercise is more pain than it's worth when it makes your throat get coated in acid. There's no way I can make most of these things better, so the only thing I can do to prevent myself from going crazy is to distract myself and try as hard as I can to not think about the pain that is always there and the swallowing that I do every 10 seconds. It's not easy, and I don't have any definite rules for how to do that, but I basically make myself as busy as humanly possible, and then make myself even busier. I am 19 years old and a sophomore in college studying biochemical engineering. Currently I am taking 6 classes, playing trombone, bass trombone, and tuba in 3 different bands, a member of my schools student dining committee so I can make changes to the food my school offers for allergic people like me, a board member in two clubs that I am trying to rebuild from nothing and running alone, and working in a research lab in cellular engineering, and my overall goal is to be able to research GERD and eosinophilic esophagitis and engineering a new treatment to them since I was never given a proper one short of surgery.
Right Temporal Lobectomy 4/5/12
Diagnosed with GERD, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, and Epilepsy.
Studying biomedical engineering to research a better fix to at least one of them.